Mangalore, September 22: The JMFC court in Mangalore has issued a non-bail-able warrant against Dr Ranjeetha Shenoy, a lady doctor of Davangere and her father for allegedly lodging false police complaint against her husband and in-laws on dowry charges.
Dr Ranjeetha Shenoy of Davanagere was married to Dr Gurukanth Rao, an assistant professor of medicine at a hospital in Manipal. Post wedding, Dr Ranjeetha Shenoy stayed with her husband only for 15 days and insisted him that he should reside at her parental house in Davanagere.
When he denied this, she allegedly abandoned him demanding divorce and one crore rupees and threatened to lodge a false dowry case if money was not paid. Without informing her husband, she reportedly started working as assistant professor in a hospital in the city. On learning that she was in Mangalore, her husband Dr Gurukanth Rao met her at the hospital where she was working and requested her to join him back, but she demanded divorce and Rs one crore as compensation.
When refused her high-handed demands, she went to Pandeshwar police station and lodged a false criminal plaint alleging that her husband and her father-in-law Dr N R Rao had demanded dowry, physically and mentally tortured her and put her out of the house. During the enquiry Ranjeetha’s parents Rathnakar Shenoy and Jamuna Rani Shenoy also allegedly gave false statements to the cops that there was dowry demand and harassment. The cops summoned Dr Gurukanth and his parents and held a detailed enquiry by questioning the relatives and neighbours. It was revealed that there was no dowry at all in the marriage and all the marriage expenses were borne by the husband. Allegations of cruelty, beating etc were found to be false. Police concluded that it was a false complaint and hence closed the case.
The accused lady’s father-in-law Dr N R Rao is a well-known senior physician of Manipal and his family was deeply hurt and defamed on account of this false complaint that was lodged with the sole intention of extorting money from him and his son. Dr Rao approached the JMFC Court, Mangalore, through noted lawyer P P Hegde, praying the court to punish his daughter-in-law Dr Ranjeetha Shenoy and her parents for filing false complaint of dowry and harassment. After enquiry, JMFC court found that there are prima facie materials showing that Dr Ranjeetha Shenoy and her parents had lodged a false complaint of dowry, harassment etc to the police and abused the anti-dowry laws and thereby committed perjury and defamation.
The JMFC court upheld the arguments of complainant’s advocate P P Hegde and passed a landmark judgment ordering to register criminal case (as per CC No 1214/14) against Dr Ranjeetha Shenoy and her parents Rathnakar Shenoy and Jamuna Rani Shenoy for the criminal offence of perjury and defamation. Maximum of two years prison sentence was charged.
Meanwhile, Dr Ranjeetha Shenoy has quit her job and currently she is absconding. She failed to appear before the court despite the summons. Hence JMFC court has issued non-bail-able warrant to arrest Dr Ranjeetha Shenoy and her father Rathnakar Shenoy (a businessman in Davanagere) and directed Mangalore Barke cops to arrest and produce them before the court. The Mangalore police raided the house of Dr Ranjeetha Shenoy in Davangere on Saturday September 20th but Dr Ranjeetha Shenoy and her father went absconding. Crew of Mangalore cops is in Davanagere to arrest them.
This case proves to be a lesson to those who torment the innocent people imposing false cases.